Accuracy of Proverbs
o Example: “Don’t judge a book by its cover” or “Beauty is a good letter of
introduction”? In other words, what can one conclude based on appearance
o Example: “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” or “Out of sight, out of
mind”? In other words, do long distances or extended amounts of time
strengthen relationship ties, or weaken them?
o Example: “Birds of a feather flock together” or “Opposites attract”? In other
words, are people attracted to similar or dissimilar others?
• Impact of Titles/Labels
o Example: How do team mascots (such as the Redskins or Braves) impact Native
Americans (self-esteem, stereotype threat, etc.)?
o Example: How do labels (such as smart/stupid, crazy or criminal, etc.) impact
people’s mental processes and behaviors?
o Example: Does true altruism exist? What motivates people to help?
• Explanatory Style
o Example: Do optimists experience better life outcomes than pessimists?
• Persuasive Appeals
o Example: How do political campaigns utilize various techniques?
o Example: Is there a dark side? Can one be too confident?
• School Size
o Example: Do students fare better in big schools or small schools? Why?
o Example: What is the theory behind “reverse psychology”?
• Gender Differences
o Example: in aggression, sex, etc.
• A Form of Prejudice
o Example: fat prejudice, racial prejudice, etc.
• Psychology and the Law
o Example: jury behavior, etc.
• Other: If you have something else in mind, contact your instructor as soon as possible to
ensure the topic is appropriate and to seek additional direction.
- Final Paper Topics